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Accidents happen at anytime at anyplace It is truly amazing how accidents can happen without warning This paper will include three accidental topics including playground injuries accidental falls and fireworks accidents and how to prevent all of these accidents from happening Every year in the United States emergency departments treat more than 200000 children ages 14 or younger for playground-related injuries Of playground-related injuries about 45 of these injuries are severe including fractures internal injuries concussions dislocations and amputations More than half of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occurs on public playgrounds On public playgrounds more injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment Of all the public playgrounds school and daycare playgrounds are where the most injuries occur Over a ten-year span from 1990 to 2000 147 children ages 14 or younger died from playground-related injuries Of them 82 died from strangulation and 31 died from falls to the playground surfaces Preventing playground injuries requires some common sense and awareness Check on children every few minutes when they are playing on the playground Be aware of their clothing Clothing items can become trapped in equipment and may result in strangulation It is best to remove drawstrings and other cords from clothing In the winter use a neck warmer rather than a scarf and use mitten clips rather than cords Choose a playground that fits the child Children five years of age and younger should use only playgrounds designed for preschool children Look for adequate surfacing including deep loose fill Loose fill includes coarse sand pea gravel smooth round pea-sized stones wood chips andor synthetic surfaces Grass dirt asphalt and concrete are not acceptable surfaces for underneath and around playground equipment If there are any concerns about the safety of your local playground it is best to notify your local playground operator and express your concerns Accidental falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people 65 and older in
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